Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happy Birthday, Icon

Today is the birthday of a major, huge, world changing icon. We've already established that I'm not a Shakepeare person so it's not him (though happy birthday wherever he is). No, this one is a little closer to home for me. On this date in 1976 The Ramones released their debut album. The first single was "Blitzkrieg Bop" and I haven't stopped bopping yet. Thanks, Ramones.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Because Some People Have NOTHING Better To Do With Their Time

A friend from outside of the fandom and I have been having a conversation about which stories get to be told. Not deemed important, but just told to begin with. If you've never been told to hush for the overall good of your community, be it fandom or family, you can consider yourself lucky. Sometimes the target is one person but sometimes it's an entire community.

Lindsey Averill has been working on a documentary called Fattitude: A Body Positive Documentary and has unfortunately run into a troll. The type of troll who doesn't just disagree but looks up as much info on you as they can and then tattles to whoever they can find who might be persuaded to rein you in and shut you up. You can read about it at Dances With Fat. If you're moved, there's a link for you to contribute to Averill's kickstarter. 

One of the contributors to Fattitude is co-founder of The Body Is Not An Apology and slam poet Sonya Renee so I'm ending with the piece "The Body Is Not An Apology." Gorgeous, like she is.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Throwing Shadow

Armitage World is in a tizzy again and so, okay, deep breath. It's a good tizzy this time, at least. The Crucible? The Secret of Casa Matusita? I think most of us would be good with either one, right? As Frenz pointed out here we generally don't hear about what boyfriend is up to until it's a done deal so while the rumors are fun to think about I won't put stock into them till something goes up at, which is as official as it gets.

However, at the risk of irritating the Matthew Clairmont people and confusing everybody, I want to throw something out there. Neil Gaiman's novel American Gods has been in development for a while now, first with HBO and now with Freemantle Media as Gaiman explains in this journal entry from February 3. The project's IMDB page is virtually empty. So for those of you who've read it, would Armitage not be an amazing Shadow? I mean, really? Shadow is freaking cool and conflicted and confused and did I mention cool? Because really. Can you see it? I can totally see it. I would LOVE to see it.

Please. Please please please. Pleasepleasepleasepleasepleaseplease. Who do I need to send a fruit basket to for this to happen?

Okay, no, I know that's not really how it works. But still, it's fun to think about it. Even more fun is considering that two of Armitage's cast mates from The Hobbit have appeared in Gaiman adaptations: Sir Ian McKellen narrated Stardust in 2007 and Benedict Cumberbatch appeared as Islington in Neverwhere  on BBC Radio 4 last year (that's where today's video is from).

What do you think? Have you read it? Is there a role you can totally see him in that hasn't come up before? Comments are open.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Dear Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Do The Right Thing

Dear Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,

The 2014 class induction ceremony and performance extravaganza is coming up in Brooklyn this Thursday April 10 and wow is this class giving you problems. KISS is pissed off and won't be performing after going back and forth about it for months (and after being on the ballot for fifteen years). Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens is still undecided about attending but Linda Ronstadt won't be there due to complications of Parkinson's she's experiencing. She mentioned to Billboard that you all haven't contacted her.  

You did contact Nirvana's management, though, to let them know that Chad Channing wasn't going to be inducted with Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl. Pat Smear should be in the mix, too, but I'm focusing on Channing here for a particular reason. The totally made up by you and bent when you feel like it rules are that a band becomes eligible for induction twenty-five years after the release of their first record. In Nirvana's case that would be the single "Love Buzz" on Sub Pop in 1988 followed by their first studio album Bleach in 1989.

In 1988 and 1989 Dave Grohl was still in Washington D.C. drumming for the band Scream. If Chad Channing was the drummer on the records -- not a session musician -- that made the band eligible this year then he should be inducted, too, right? You make these exceptions for other bands (why, hello Red Hot Chili Peppers), what exactly is the problem here? Not enough swag to go around? Just being dicks, like you are with KISS? Hoping Courtney Love has a meltdown (because you know she won't keep her mouth shut and whatever she says won't fit on a t-shirt)?

In the end, this is your party and you can invite whoever you want. When you invited the Sex Pistols (and inducted Glenn Matlock along with his replacement Sid Vicious -- imagine) and they predictably refused to attend Johnny Rotten called the whole thing "a piss stain." I don't know that I totally agree with him but it would be lovely if instead of trying to mark your territory as arbiters of cool you took a cue from the truly cool kids -- the bands themselves -- and included everyone.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Even Cowboys Get the Blues Part 3: If You Make It Death

Mother Love Bone: Andrew Wood 1/8/66 - 3/19/90

Hole: Kristen Pfaff 5/26/67 - 6/16/94

Alice In Chains: Layne Staley 8/22/67 - 4/5/02  and Mike Starr 4/4/66 - 3/8/11

Nirvana: Kurt Cobain 2/20/67 - 4/5/94

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Happy Birthday, Judiang

Today is April Fool's and you can find some pranking going on around the blogs and on Twitter. Not going to spoil them for you now but I might link to them later in the comments. However, I was thinking earlier about my all time favorite fandom April Fool's joke: the time Judiang won the lottery, moved to New Zealand and took Patty the Pomeranian on, um, walks with some tall, dark haired British dude. Hmm, who could that have been? The fact that April Fool's Day really is Judiang's birthday is just gravy.

In every fandom I've been in the thing that I've loved most has been the friends I've made and Judiang is one of my favorites. She's funny, warm, honest, open about who she is as a person, always thought-provoking as a writer, and doesn't take either the fandom or The Man too seriously. Those of us who bonded in her Armitage World Chat room are still pretty tight and I thank her from the bottom of my heart for encouraging my goofiness (even if she did make me clean up the remnants of Thorin's magic beans). I'm always happy to hear about fans meeting The Man but her adventure with Zan and Perry is special. She represented like the Rock Star she is and made us all look good just by being the person she is. Love love love you, girlfriend. Happy Birthday!


I Can't Hate Myself For This One

Joan Jett has a new drummer.  I think he might be a little young but, eh, start 'em early.

Psst...April Fool's!